Krishi Avam Paristhitiki Vikas Sansthan (KRAPAVIS)

KRAPAVIS is a grass-roots organization concerned chiefly with the community-led revival of village forests, or orans, working in the arid of Thar Desert and semi - arid of Aravali hill bio-regions in Rajasthan. KRAPAVIS mission is clear: the betterment of ecology, agriculture and livestock practices, with a view to the sustainable livelihoods of rural pastoral communities in Rajasthan.

Oran Talab, Alwar, Rajasthan

Oran Talab, Alwar, Rajasthan
This water-harvesting structure, or Talab, has been completely renovated by KRAPAVIS. It now provides water for Bakhatpura's 2,500 animals and 700 people, as well as nourishing the village oran (right of picture). (view small | med | large | orig)

Shepherd, Alwar, Rajasthan

Shepherd, Alwar, Rajasthan
For residents of Gujjarwas village, Alwar District, Rajasthan, their oran is an invaluable source of wood, water and grasses. Here, a shepherd can be seen grazing his goats. At the time of year that this photo was taken - late winter - fodder for animals is in short supply. As well as constructing water harvesting devices and planting trees, KRAPAVIS has worked to restore vegetation cover by sowing a wide variety of grasses, thereby providing a safety net for times of scarcity. (view small | med | large | orig)

Check Dam, Jaipur, Rajasthan

Check Dam, Jaipur, Rajasthan
KRAPAVIS constructed this check dam in 2008. The structure serves to recharge groundwater levels, providing nourishment for the trees of Kani Kangni oran, and replenishing the wells of Karauli village, Jaipur District, Rajasthan. (view small | med | large | orig)

Women's Self-Help Group Meeting, Alwar, Rajasthan

Women's Self-Help Group Meeting, Alwar, Rajasthan
Self-help groups meet monthly to discuss conservation practices and resource allocation. In the oran of Chamund Devi ki Dev Bani, near Pathroda village (where this photo was taken), KRAPAVIS has worked on all aspects of regeneration, such as plantation, grass sowing and the restoration of water harvesting structures. (view small | med | large | orig)

Saddhu & Banyan, Alwar, Rajasthan

Saddhu & Banyan, Alwar, Rajasthan
This saddhu (holy man) guards the oran of Ghatokar, near Badagav, Alwar District, Rajasthan. KRAPAVIS have been working to revive this oran since 2007. (view small | med | large | orig)
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